Test Card Dummies

A small selection from the hundreds of YouTube hosted testcard transmissions. The BBC version is quite possibly the most important piece of post-war British graphic design. They seem to combine nostgalgia for childhoods lost mixed with the irony of posting essentially still images (albeit with super soundtracks) on a website dedicated to the dissemination of video.

Some international test cards too:

And one for Channel M in Manchester that features Frank Sidebottom:

You might think it strange that Test Cards, used when TV stations closed down for the evening (or even - incredible to think of now - during the day) have become YouTube fetishes. It's even stranger that some test card enthusiasts are making recreations of test cards, what you might call Test Card dummies

Posted by sam at June 5, 2007 9:05 AM

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